'Why are you here?' Cosby lawyer asks sex assault accuser

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 17, 2018

When asked about the $3 million settlement between her daughter and Cosby, Gianna Constand said she did not know how much money was involved until she read about it in a newspaper. His first trial a year ago ended with a hung jury.

Constand said she didn't remember taking a required sexual assault and harassment training seminar when she started working at Temple, or another one on avoiding conflicts of interest, such as fraternizing with board trustees.

Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steve T. O'Neill has not yet ruled whether he would allow Jackson to testify.

Among the "prior bad acts" witnesses was TV star and supermodel Janice Dickinson, who testified Thursday that she confronted Cosby and wanted to strike him after she said he drugged her and raped her in 1982 at a hotel in Lake Tahoe.

"You have a witness on the stand right now who has changed her testimony, who has been impeached on the witness stand, at least, over six times", said Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt.

Constand said prior to the alleged assault, she had considered Cosby a mentor from whom she sought career advice.

The judge has ruled that Jackson can take the rack but indicated after Constand was completed invisibly he could revisit the issue.

Gianna Constand says that during the phone call, Cosby acknowledged he gave Andrea Constand a prescription medication and then graphically described their sexual encounter.

Cosby's lead attorney, Tom Mesereau, concluded his initial cross-examination by asking Constand: "Did you ever fabricate a scheme to falsely accuse him for money?" She again denied knowing her.

They asked about calls made to Cosby after the alleged assault, and then there was the question about a clause in a civil suit settlement agreement in which Constand said she would not file criminal charges against Cosby.

Andrea Constand appears in court to finish lawsuits Versus Bill Cosby. Gianna Constand testified that she is very close with her daughter and spoke to Andrea Constand frequently during her 18 months employed by Temple.

Gianna Constand told jurors that she was concerned because her daughter hadn't been the same since leaving Temple in March 2004 and moving back to Canada, screaming in her sleep and waking up in a sweat. She said she awoke to find the actor known as "America's Dad" penetrating her with his fingers, touching her breast and putting her hand on his penis.

Jackson's availability as a witness this time around could support the defense's want. The defence has called the other accusers irrelevant to the case.

He has been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault; a conviction on any of the charges could get him 10 years in prison.

Bill Cosby's chief accuser spent late nights at the comedian's home, drove four hours to see him at a casino and called him twice on Valentine's Day, about a month after she claims he drugged and sexually assaulted her, jurors have learned.

Mesereau, in his cross-examination of Constand, asked her about inconsistencies in her statements to police about the alleged assault.

Mesereau said Constand told police in 2005 that she called Cosby from her university-issued cellphone just before she arrived at his house on the night of the alleged assault to ensure the gate would be open.

Ms Constand explained that she may have been mistaken, that there were times Mr Cosby told her in advance that the gate would be open and that she often reached him at another number.

Constand is one of about 50 women who have accused Cosby of assaults dating back decades.

Phone data reveal Constand, the former director of women's basketball operations in Temple University, manufactured brief forecasts for Cosby across the right time of a Temple residence video game on February 14, 2004, the thirty day period immediately after the alleged attack.

Bliss then attempted to show that Gianna Constand did not know everything going on in her daughter's life, and therefore wouldn't know if she was "having an affair" with Cosby.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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